Cubs Homer Their Way Past Cards 8-6, Take 2-1 Series Lead
The Chicago Cubs knew exactly what it meant to be able to bring a postseason game to Wrigley Field on Monday night. The young team delivered under pressure as they hit a team total six homeruns on the night, a postseason record.
Two of those homers were hit by Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant who were hit less so far in the playoffs as they have gone a combined 0 for 21.
Cubs Ace Jake Arrieta took the start for the Cubs in his first appearance since the NLDS last week. Arrieta’s scoreless streak end at 34 innings when he allowed two runs by the Cardinals in the top of the fourth for an early 2-1 lead by St. Louis. The Cubs’ early run was a solo homer by
Kyle Schwarber on a fly ball to left center.
Starlin Castro tied the game at 2 in the bottom of the fourth with a solo homer. Rizzo and Bryant’s first postseason hits and homers came in the bottom of the fifth to lead the Cubs to a three run advantage.
In the top of the sixth, Arrieta allowed two more runs by the Cardinals with a two run homer by Jason Heyward, before being pulled with a 5-4 ballgame.
In the bottom of the sixth, Jorge Soler hit a two run homer on fly ball to left center off of St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright to make it 7-4.
In the bottom of the eight, with Jonathan Broxton pitching for the Cardinals, Dexter Fowler joined in on the homerun game with a solo homer for a 8-4 Cubs’ lead.
In the bottom of the ninth, rookie Stephen Piscotty helped the Cardinals try and add to their lead by hitting a two run homer on a fly ball to right off of Hector Rondon.
Michael Wacha took the start for the Cardinals going just four and one third innings allowing four runs off of six hits; walking three and striking out five.
The Cubs will go for the series win on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.
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